Traditional Felting) Namad Mali)

This is a non-woven textile, and felt is made under the pressure, humidity and temperature for Mats, Shepherd's clothing (Kapanak) and Hats. Today Felt is produced based on the oldest methods by rolling and pressing wool.

The professional tools used include templates of rectangular straw panels, sheering scissors (pashm-bor), moulds (ghaleb-band), kelk, which is long sticks by which the beaten wool is put on the templates and them flattened out, Kaman hallaji, moshteh Kaman, for batting the wool and a special soap.
The Felting process is laborious and exhausting work, sometimes for the production of some products such as shepherds clothing (Kapanak) four or five trained men are needed. Various current patterns in felting include: three flowers, five flowers, and leaves of flowers, geometric shapes, and lines, surfaces, sometimes called Namad-mal or the owner of the felt and religious names.
Felting is an art which was before current in Birjand and some of the villages of Nehbandan, Ferdows, Sarayan, Tabass and Sarbisheh and especially in the Village of Salmabad.

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